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Sanjeev Sharma

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Adopting Hybrid Cloud: Part 1 – Cloud Consumption Models

The world is moving to the Cloud. This is no longer an aspirational statement. It is no longer a ‘future prediction’ statement. It is in motion. The business case for transforming one’s IT organization to a Cloud based organization has been made. The primary reason this has become a reality at this point in time is because the reasons to adopt the Cloud have moved beyond that of primarily being cost savings, to that of become a Cloud Enabled Business. A Cloud Enabled Business is one that leverages the Cloud to deliver Business Services and Capabilities that are not possible without the Cloud. It is a Business that looks at a Cloud not as just a vehicle to move from Capital Expense (CapEx) to Operational Expense (OpEx), although that is a compelling reason, but looks at the Cloud as a set of IT services that provide Infrastructure and/or Platform as a Service, allowing the Business to deliver evolutionary Business Models to the marketplace.

In this blog series I will discuss and share my experiences as I work with my clients who are migrating to the Cloud. I will focus on a reality of that Cloud – it is Hybrid. Unless the business is a ‘born on the cloud’ business, where it will end up, starting from a traditional infrastructure based business, will be a hybrid world – a world which will have traditional Infrastructure, and the Cloud, provided by multiple vendors, all co-existing. This migration is a journey, a transformation which is requires several critical decisions, changes to systems, operational and governance processes, application delivery models (DevOps), and culture. We shall discuss them all.

In Part I of this series, I discuss the Evolution of Cloud Consumption models – an evolution from ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ Cloud that was just Infrastructure-as-a-service, to myriad options. This post is posted on and can be accessed here.

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Sanjeev is a 20-year veteran of the software industry. For the past 18 years he has been a solution architect with Rational Software, an IBM brand. His areas of expertise include DevOps, Mobile Development and UX, Lean and Agile Transformation, Application Lifecycle Management and Software Supply Chains. He is a DevOps Thought Leader at IBM and currently leads IBM’s Worldwide Technical Sales team for DevOps. He speaks regularly at conferences and has written several papers. He is also the author of the DevOps For Dummies book.

Sanjeev has an Electrical Engineering degree from The National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India and a Masters in Computer Science from Villanova University, United States. He is passionate about his family, travel, reading, Science Fiction movies and Airline Miles. He blogs about DevOps at and tweets as @sd_architect